mervis50

mervis50

Lives in Canada Calgary, Canada
Works as a Surveyor
Joined on Jul 29, 2009
About me:

Travel and shoot.

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On article Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography (108 comments in total)

Disappointed that the call for contributions wasn't announced on the main page. Oh well...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 19:35 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography (108 comments in total)
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Charles Pike: One thing about street photography, no two shots are just alike. You have frozen a moment of time, and it really takes nerve to go out and shoot images on the street.
www.photosbypike.com

www.ncstreetphotographer.com

I disagree. One doesn't need to be fearless or brave. One only needs to be open and respectful and look as if you are taking your photography seriously. Don't get in anyone's face, maintain an objective distance; don't cause someone embarrassment or try to exploit misery.

I've shot street photos all over Mexico, Guatemala and SE Asia, as well as in many cities and towns in my own country of Canada. Push back and confrontation have been rare. If someone indicates discomfort or disapproval, I turn away, look for a different scene. The most serious incident I've had was in rural Chiapas in southern Mexico and didn't even involve people as subject matter. I was on a highway trying to shoot a picturesque tableau of goats on a hillside against a mountain backdrop in misty light. A woman came out of a distant farmhouse and walked right up gesturing and yelling. She then tried to grab my camera. I skedaddled before things got worse.

Smile, nod, show your work. People are mostly friendly.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 19:31 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography (108 comments in total)
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lacikuss: Certainly none of these pictures need more than 6MP to shine... Nowadays any decent smartphone will do.

Maybe this is the real birth of photography? A type of art only available in the past to a few with big pockets...

Hmmm, interesting. I like it!

<i>Nowadays any decent smartphone will do.</i>

However handy and ubiquitous phone cameras are, they are extremely limited as picture-taking devices.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 19:04 UTC
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ZoranHR: I m not saying my photos are better,but in my eyes this is not stunning.

Agree. Some just average but clever. Too many overprocessed (saturation/sharpness/HDR). Couple of good ones, though.

I've seen better work in the DPR Challenge section.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 17:20 UTC
On article ThinkTank Streetwalker HardDrive Backpack Review (79 comments in total)

Doesn't look very "carry-on-friendly" with that tripod hanging out there.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 20:43 UTC as 41st comment
On article Fujifilm X-T1 Review (655 comments in total)
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andywhoa: I love how all the comments here are OM-D users squirming. Why do you care how the X-T1 is reviewed? An internet review of another camera doesn't affect your images. I suspect it makes you regret your decision, so you're lashing out.

That's not what he said.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 16:07 UTC
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mervis50: Without getting into specs or what Canon should or shouldn't be doing, I know for myself I would much rather shoot with a more traditional form factor such as these models. A proper handle for one-handed shooting, a big eyepiece and cup to brace against the face, leaving the other hand free to work the controls.

Even with the best capabilities a video camera that's built like a stills camera is just not ergonomically sound.

From Dictionary.com

sound

3. competent, sensible, or valid: sound judgment.

Or maybe I was talking about measuring the depth of water. : )

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 23:02 UTC

Without getting into specs or what Canon should or shouldn't be doing, I know for myself I would much rather shoot with a more traditional form factor such as these models. A proper handle for one-handed shooting, a big eyepiece and cup to brace against the face, leaving the other hand free to work the controls.

Even with the best capabilities a video camera that's built like a stills camera is just not ergonomically sound.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 16:28 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
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Rick DeBari: These are release candidates and NOT final versions! Personally I will wait until the final versions are released. It most likely will only be a few weeks until this happens.

I found the RCs for LR v3 & v4 a little buggy. My new policy is to wait for the final versions

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 23:59 UTC
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Frederico70x7: So am I forced to upgrade from LR v4 to v5?

No. You can do whatever you like.

People who want to work with Fujifilm's Film Simulations in Raw format can choose to purchase Lightroom 5.4 when it is released.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 23:53 UTC
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Lee W: What about LR?

Agree with Conrad. I had RC's for both v3 & v4.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 23:48 UTC
On article Pentax K-3 real-world samples gallery (150 comments in total)
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fisherman_lol: Good for Canikon, bad for Pentax. Good job DPR as usual.

OK, then. My bad. : )

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 03:49 UTC
On article Pentax K-3 real-world samples gallery (150 comments in total)
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fisherman_lol: Good for Canikon, bad for Pentax. Good job DPR as usual.

You really think you can discern anything from random jpeg files displayed on a web browser? DPR's carelessly executed photographs are in no way indicative of any camera's true capabilities.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 15:59 UTC
On article Pentax K-3 real-world samples gallery (150 comments in total)
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RStyga: What is the point of this exercise? Even a compact camera can produce similar quality snapshots. Where is the description of settings for each photo... and where are the RAW shots?

Agree. DPR sample galleries are pretty much useless.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 15:42 UTC

If people could just resist sending in free content to media websites, but that's never gonna happen.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2013 at 18:14 UTC as 107th comment | 2 replies
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Zvonimir Tosic: One nice proof that photography community today is led largely by very conservative, unimaginative reviewers, who already have "a clear idea" how camera should look like before it's even made.
Even from the point of exploration of different and unconventional mirrorless design possibilities, K-01 was a good exercise because it does fit many people who tried it. And it was a risk, that has paid itself off. Understanding from the Photokina interview, the K-01 was yearning some profit for Pentax.
Those who ignored reviewers and listened to their own common sense, as every self-respectful person today should do, have in fact discovered something of great value.

Right on, Zvomimir.

The internet hive-mind came crashing down on this camera even before nearly anyone had even handled it. As an owner, I wouldn't say that it's terribly different from other 2012 offerings. Except for its playful looks, it's basically a good camera with average AF and excellent image quality. A decent price and affinity with the whole line of Pentax lenses made it a winner in my books.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2013 at 14:24 UTC
On article Just Posted: Pentax MX-1 hands-on preview (173 comments in total)
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CarvingPhoto: This should of been the look of the k0-1. Give it a a hotshoe, interchangeable lens, and at least an ap-c sensor. Pentax's pancake lens would look so good on that body!

Hear, hear! Retro, schmetro.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 16:38 UTC
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Kenneth Margulies: I hate Sony!!!--did you notice the purple fringing in that picture of a drink in the wine glass? Not just fringing, but purple bleeding everywhere!
Oh....wait....it's a glass of wine...
Seriously, I love these Canonikoniacs who push their noses against CRT monitors and pronounce their verdict on the picture samples.
How about waiting a bit until dpreview can review the pictures?
They got the originals and I trust that they will give the camera an objective review. Right now, you could substitute these shots for a lot of dSLRs and no one could identify the brand of lens or camera. In fact, I would bet that some dSLR shots could be switched for a decent P&S and no one here could guess which comes from what with any certainty.
So...let's all take a breath and stop being fan-boys and haters. The pros at dpreview will soon speak with authority on the picture quality, etc.

Well, if we're waiting for the review, why bother posting ho-hum pictures. These sample galleries are just filler, IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2011 at 16:45 UTC
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Ben Herrmann: Geeezzzz - no screw holes!!!! You're kiddin', right?

These grips are well known and Richard has made them for a whole slew of cameras over the past 5 - 6 years...and they work superbly. The grip makes a world of difference for camera balance and of course, your grip on the camera for better picture-taking.

The grips are attached via an adhesive backing that is quite tight and won't come off. Now granted, if you want it to come off, it will (like when selling the camera and you want to keep the grip).

These are superb accessories and he's stayed on top of it all by adjusting for different camera styles.

News or not, there are lots of folks who will jump at the opportunity of getting this grip.

As with all products meant to be attached with adhesive backing, there is no doubt some risk of it attaching itself in the wrong position if not perfectly applied. Is there allowance for trial & error?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2011 at 11:59 UTC
On photo sample-12 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Annoying.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2011 at 06:26 UTC as 1st comment
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